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Tyndall leaders anticipate complete rebuild to be done in five to seven years

Commander Brian Laidlaw gives a presentation on the state of Tyndall Air Force Base repairs. (WJHG/WECP)
Commander Brian Laidlaw gives a presentation on the state of Tyndall Air Force Base repairs. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 6, 2020 at 6:28 PM CST
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When it comes to recovery, Tyndall Air Force Base is exactly where it's expected to be- that's according to Commander Brian Laidlaw.

During Friday's Bay County Chamber of Commerce First Friday event, Tyndall leaders said the base is transitioning from short term fixes to long term solutions.

Laidlaw said despite the circumstances, every day at Tyndall the base completes 90 percent of their pre-storm missions. with 80% of their pre-storm people in only 50 percent of their pre-storm facilities.

According to Friday's presentation the base has $3 billion worth of new projects and construction scheduled to take place.

"We are literally in the transition from repair and recovery to the major construction. So as that debris removal wraps up and the demolition program starts to wrap over the next year, that is when we're going to transition into the major construction and you'll start to see those new facilities go up," said Travis Leighton, Director, Tyndall Program Management Office.

We're told Tyndall leaders anticipate the complete rebuild to be done in five to seven years.

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